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Providing for Consideration of H.R. 152, Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. RUNYAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support today of this rule. If you look next to me, you'll see damage from Seaside Heights, New Jersey, in my district. My constituents in Seaside have suffered for well over 2 months in trying to clean up the mess that was left behind by Hurricane Sandy.

In the past, taxpayers in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut have gladly stepped up to foot the bill for the disasters of other States. Whether it was Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Texas, we didn't ask questions; we just stopped and delivered aid to those in need. It is important that Members who have been the benefactor of our goodwill in the past remember this generosity when voting today.

Almost 3 months later, and my constituents continue to suffer. I urge passage of the rule and the underlying bill.


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